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Creighton Hosts Midweek Tilts vs. Drake & Nebraska
Drake at Creighton • Tuesday, April 24 • CU Sports Complex • Omaha, Neb. • 4 pm
Nebraska at Creighton • Wednesday, April 25 • CU Sports Complex • Omaha, Neb. • 6 pm
This Week: Creighton hosts its last two midweek games of the 2012 season when Drake and Nebraska come to town. The Bluejays will take on Drake in a Missouri Valley Conference contest on Tuesday at 4 pm. One night later, in-state rival Nebraska comes to town for a 6 pm tilt.
Last Weekend Recap: Creighton completed a three-game sweep over Evansville, winning by scores of 4-3, 2-1 and 7-0. Becca Changstrom had two complete game victories in the circle, while Alexis Cantu and Sammy Snygg held UE to one run in the middle game. Ellen Homan and Allie Mathewson each had five hits to pace CU’s offense last week, which also included home runs from Bri Lingl and Alexis Cantu. Creighton’s 4-3 win to open the series was the 600th at Creighton for head coach Brent Vigness.
Scouting Creighton (24-19-1, 13-6 MVC): Creighton jumped out to the second-best start in school history this spring, winning its first seven games before playing five games against ranked opponents in an eight-game span ... The Bluejay offense has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times this year and its 5.86 runs per game is its highest scoring average in 34 years ... CU leads the MVC with 43 homers, 241 RBI and a .459 slugging percentage ... The Jays rank in the NCAA top-25 in scoring (15th), slugging percentage (24th) and homers per game (24th) ... Junior Amy Baker is second in the MVC with 42 RBI, and is fourth in on-base percentage (.503), fifth in batting average (.361), and seventh with a .571 slugging percentage. She ranks second in CU history with 39 career home runs and is tied for third with 121 RBI ... Freshman Allie Mathewson is eighth in the MVC with a .347 batting average. She ranks third in the league in hits (51) and runs (39), and leads the team and is eighth in the MVC in stolen bases (13) ... Freshman Bri Lingl is hitting .467 in MVC play and ranks in the top-four in the MVC in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, RBI, total bases and sacrifice flies in league contests ... Newcomer Alexis Cantu (.343) leads the MVC with 13 homers and a .765 slugging percentage, while also going 7-4 in 58.2 innings in the circle ... Cantu is hitting .480 with seven homers, 15 RBI, a 1.360 slugging percentage and .639 on-base percentage in the last 10 games ... Sophomore right-hander Becca Changstrom is 14-10 and leads the team with a 2.37 ERA, 142.0 innings pitched and 139 strikeouts. Changstrom is 9-3 with a 0.97 ERA in her last 12 outings, spanning 79.1 innings, striking out 82 and allowing 55 hits in that span ... The Jays field at a .955 rate and own a 3.49 team ERA with four shutouts.
Scouting Drake (20-24, 11-9 MVC): Drake is 20-24 on the season, including an 11-9 mark in the MVC. The Bulldogs are 13-10 since a 7-14 start, but are 3-8 against teams above them in the MVC standings ... Hayley Nybo leads the team in batting average (.317), homers (7), RBI (32), and doubles (9) ... Torey Craddock hits .271, is tied for the team-lead with seven homers and is second with 24 RBI ... In the circle, Jordan Gronewold has started 39 of the team’s 44 games, and is 15-17 with a 2.87 ERA. She leads the MVC with 193.0 innings pitched, and is third with 162 strikeouts ... Rebekah Schmidt is the only other Bulldog to pitch this year. She’s been a reliever in 29 of her 34 appearances, and is 5-7 with a 3.52 ERA and a Valley-leading seven saves, a figure that also ranks in the top-five nationally.
Scouting Nebraska (29-17, 10-5 Big Ten): Nebraska is just two games out of first place in its first season of Big Ten play with a 10-5 record ... The Huskers are 12-0 within the state of Nebraska this year, including an 11-0 mark at home ... Gabby Banda leads the team with 55 hits, 36 runs and a .372 batting average ... Brooke Thomason hits .322 and leads the team with seven home runs, 43 RBI and a .587 slugging percentage ... Ashley Hagemann is the team’s top pitcher, going 21-13 with a save, a 2.58 ERA and seven shutouts ... Hagemann has struck out 275 batters in 222.1 innings, but has yielded 21 homers ... As a team, Nebraska hits .296 with 33 homers and 20 stolen bases ... The Huskers field at a .952 rate and own a 2.86 ERA with 10 shutouts.
Head Coach: Head coach Brent Vigness (Central College, 1988) is in his 19th season at Creighton. With a record of 602-422-3 at Creighton, he is the winningest coach in Bluejay athletics history in any sport. Vigness also served as head coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., for five years prior to coming to Creighton. His career record in 24 years as a head coach is 750-493-3. The most tenured softball coach in school history has led the Jays to six MVC Tournament titles (1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2010), six regular-season MVC crowns (1998-2000, 2007-09), seven NCAA Tournament appearances (1999, 2003-05, 2007-08, 2010) and was named MVC Coach of the Year in 1998 and guided the MVC Coaching Staffs of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
CU-DU Series: Creighton leads the all-time series with Drake, 55-27, and has won the season series four of the past five years against the Bulldogs.
The Bluejays and Bulldogs split a doubleheader last Wednesday in Des Moines. Creighton won the opener 5-2 before Drake won the nightcap, 2-0, to snap Creightons’ 14-game win streak at Ron Buel Field.
Below is how Creighton has done against Drake pitchers Jordan Gronewold and Rebekah Schmidt:
Creighton vs. Gronewold
Michael 2-2, 2 RBI
Cantu 2-3, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Homan 3-7, 2B, SB
Lingl 1-3, BB, RBI, SF
Ruf 1-6, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Changstrom 0-1, SO
Snygg 0-3, BB,. 2 SO
Baker 0-4, 2 BB, HBP, SO
Lowe 0-4, SH, SO
Dike 0-4, SH, 3 SO
Mathewson 0-5, SO
Creighton vs. Schmidt
Michael 2-2, 2 RBI
Perry 1-1, RBI
Lingl 0-0, BB
Cantu 0-0, BB, HBP
Changstrom 0-0, RBI, HBP
Kreiser 0-1, SO
Snygg 0-1, SO
Dike 0-1, SO
Ruf 0-1, SO
Lowe 0-1, BB
Mathewson 0-2, SO
CU-NU Series: Nebraska leads the all-time series 79-36, though Creighton has won five of the last 12 meetings. The Jays last beat the Huskers (3-0) on April 1, 2009 in Lincoln and last beat NU in Omaha (7-2) on March 26, 2008.
Nebraska won the first meeting on April 11th, 3-0, in Lincoln, behind Ashley Hagemann’s one-hit shutout.
Head-to-Head vs. the Huskers: The Nebraska pitching tandem of Ashley Hagemann and Tatum Edwards have thrown 282.2 of NU’s 293.1 innings this season. Both have faced Creighton in the past. Below is a look at how they’ve performed against CU’s current roster:
Creighton vs. Hagemann
Perry 1-1, 2B
Baker 3-8, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 SO
Ruf 2-10, RBI, HR, BB, 4 SO
Michael 0-1, SO
Setlik 0-1, SO
Lowe 0-2, 2 SO
Flodman 0-2, SO
Cantu 0-2, BB, SO
Kreiser 0-3, 2 SO
Dike 0-3, 3 SO
Lingl 0-3, 2 SO
Snygg 0-4, HBP, 4 SO
Homan 0-6, HBP, 4 SO
Frutos 0-6, 2 SO
Creighton vs. Tatum Edwards
Homan 2-2, 2B
Frutos 1-1, BB
Michael 0-0, HBP
Kreiser 0-0, RBI, BB
Perry 0-2, SO
Ruf 0-2, SO
Nebraska Natives: Creighton owns 12 Nebraska natives on its 2012 roster, including Lincoln natives Becca Changstrom and Liz Dike.
Five of CU’s eight players with 35 or more starts are from Nebraska, as is ace pitcher Changstrom.
In addition, assistant coach Abby Johnson (Omaha), volunteer assistant Renae Sinkler (Lincoln) and director of operations Megan Reynolds (Omaha) are also from the state.
The 750 Club: Creighton head coach Brent Vigness won his 750th game as a college coach in Sunday’s 7-0 win vs. Evansville. He’s now 750-493-4 in 24 years as a head coach.
Similarily, Nebraska head coach Rhonda Revelle also owns exactly 750 wins in 20 years as a head coach with the Huskers. She’s got 758 career victories if you include a stint at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Capturing 600: Brent Vigness earned his 600th win at Creighton on Saturday in CU’s 4-3 win vs. Evansville. Vigness’ 602 victories are more than any Creighton coach in any sport in school history.
Milestone Wins For Vigness at Creighton
Record Date Milestone
1-0 2/18/94 First win at CU for Vigness
100-100 4/24/97 100th win (at UMKC)
200-168 5/6/00 200th win (vs. Evansville)
300-252 3/12/04 300th win (vs. Holy Cross)
400-305-1 2/17/07 400th win (at C. Arkansas)
500-335-2 4/4/09 500th win (vs. Bradley)
600-412-3 4/21/12 600th win (vs. Evansville)
600, 601, 602: Creighton head coach Brent Vigness became the fifth coach in MVC history to win 600 games at one school with last Saturday's 4-3 game one win vs. Evansville.
He'll face the only two active coaches ahead of him, Melinda Fischer (872 wins at Illinois State) and Holly Hesse (619 wins at Missouri State) in the next two weekends. Fischer (393), Vigness (265) and Hesse (250) rank 1-2-3 in MVC history for league wins as well
The 602 wins by Vigness is more than any coach in Creighton history, regardless of sport.
40/40/40 Club?: Creighton has had two players with 40 RBI in the same season three times (2004, 2007, 2010), but never had three teammates reach that milestone in the same season. That could change this week, as Amy Baker owns 42 RBI, just ahead of newcomers Alexis Cantu (38) and Bri Lingl (37).
In each 2004, 2007 and 2010, Creighton reached the NCAA Tournament after claiming a Valley Tournament title game victory vs. Southern Illinois.
High Five: There are 13 players in the MVC hitting .335 or better, and five of them regularly occupy the top five spots in the Creighton line-up. Amy Baker, Bri Lingl, Allie Mathewson, Alexis Cantu and Ellen Homan are not only hitting for average, but with power as well, as they've combined for 30 home runs, 152 RBI and have also been walked 119 times.
Even better for Bluejay fans, that quintet features one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.
Chasing Down MVC Records: Alexis Cantu has been tearing up MVC pitching this year, leading the league with 10 homers and 26 RBI in Valley play this year. Cantu is just the second player in league history with 10 or more homers in conference play, joining Illinois State's Jessie Buker (12 in 2007). Cantu's 26 RBI are tied for fifth most in MVC history, just seven behind the mark held by UNI's Rachel Gerking in 2009.
From a team perspective, Creighton's 135 runs in Valley play are 11 shy a school record, and are tied for 10th-most by any team in league history. If Creighton maintains its current pace of 6.5 runs per Valley tilt, it will finish with 169 runs in league play, 10 more than the Valley record of 159 set by Southern Illinois in 2005.
In addition, Creighton owns 26 homers in league play this season. That's three shy of its school-record for an MVC campaign, and 11th in MVC history for one season.
Changstrom Tied For MVC Lead: After going 5-7 in non-conference action, Becca Changstrom owns a 9-3 record in MVC play this season. Her nine Valley wins are tied for most in the league along with Jamie Fisher (UNI) and Jordan Birch (ILS).
In her career, Changstrom is 20-7 in MVC action with eight shutouts. Changstrom is 8-1 and has allowed just eight earned runs in her last nine Valley starts (0.95 ERA).
Valley Peak: With seven games still to play, Creighton’s offense in MVC action already ranks among the best the program has ever seen. Below is a look of Creighton’s offense in MVC games since the 2000 season, with the best marks in each category in bold.
Year MVC W-L AVG R HR SB
2012 13-6 .312 124 26 19
2011 12-12 .262 77 15 19
2010 18-7 .274 124 29 13
2009 19-6 .241 72 15 15
2008 21-3 .289 104 25 16
2007 19-4-1 .284 109 27 20
2006 10-13 .251 64 14 12
2005 19-8 .256 90 17 34
2004 17-8 .259 96 19 16
2003 14-12 .250 96 26 28
2002 18-7 .317 135 13 20
2001 16-10 .272 109 22 17
2000 11-7 .273 61 6 8
The Best Around: Creighton owns 102 wins in MVC play since the start of 2007. That figure is tops in the Valley in that span, just ahead of Illinois State and Southern Illinois.
Most MVC Wins, Since 2007
Illinois State 100-42-1
Southern Illinois 98-34
Northern Iowa 71-69
Wichita State 68-80
Missouri State 63-73
Indiana State 37-102
Strikeout Artist: Becca Changstrom has moved from eighth to fifth in CU history in career strikeouts during this month.
Her six strikeouts on Sunday gave her 314 in her career, moving her past current Missouri State head coach and former Bluejay student-athlete Holly Hesse's 308 form 1979-82.
If At First You Don’t Succeed...: One reason for Creighton’s increased offensive attack is the production its getting from its first basemen.
This year’s Bluejay first basemen are hitting a collective .331, with five home runs, five stolen bases and 36 RBI.
By comparison, last year Creighton’s first basemen combined to hit .196 (18-92) with four homers, one stolen base and 11 RBI.
Power Players: Creighton leads the MVC with 43 home runs this year, five more than the team compiled all of last season. Each of the previous five times the Jays have slugged 40 round-trippers in a season, Creighton has made the NCAA Tournament, as seen below:
Year HR NCAA’s? MVC Titles
2012 43 TBD TBD
2010 66 Yes Tourney
2008 47 Yes Regular-Season
2007 57 Yes Reg.-Season & Tourney
2004 42 Yes Tourney
2003 43 Yes Tourney
High & Tight: Creighton was hit by five pitches in five innings during the second game of its series vs. UNI. It came on the four-year anniversary of the last time the Jays were beaned five times in one game, as it happened at Drake on April 15, 2008.
Rare Blown Lead: Dating to last year Creighton had won 22 straight games when leading after six innings before squandering a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning on April 15th vs. Northern Iowa.
It was just the third time in the last 10 seasons that CU had lost a game in which it led with two outs in the seventh inning.
Since 2007, Creighton had been 135-3 (.978) when leading heading to the seventh inning, and 224-11 (.953) since 2003 in those situations.
In addition, Creighton had outscored foes 24-1 in the seventh inning this season prior to UNI's three-run outburst on April 15th.
Can’t Miss Kid: Alexis Cantu had one of the biggest offensive games in MVC history in an April 6 game two win at Wichita State. She went 4-for-4 with three homers and eight RBI in a 14-4 win, while also throwing a complete game. Cantu's three homers are tied for third in NCAA single-game history, while her eight RBI are tied for 19th in NCAA history. In addition, her 13 total bases are tied for seventh in NCAA history. All three figures tied or set MVC single-game records.
Cantu was named MVC Player of the Week on April 9th after hitting .421 in six games last week, adding four homers, seven runs and 11 RBI in her big week.
She also hurled two complete games in the circle, holding teams to a 1.87 ERA and surrendering just eight hits in 15 innings of work.
Cantu has been the winning pitcher in four different games this year in which she’s also homered.
NCAA Stat Leaders: Through April 15th, Creighton was 15th in runs per game (6.15), 24th in slugging percentage (.472), 24th in homers per game (1.03) and 41st in batting average (.299).
Alexis Cantu ranks eighth nationally in walks per game (0.90), 19th in on-base percentage (.538), 41st in homers per game (0.28) and 59th in RBI per game (0.90). Amy Baker ranks 22nd in RBI per game (1.08) and is 62nd in walks per game (0.67). Allie Mathewson is 37th in runs per game (0.97).
Becca Changstrom is 75th in strikeouts per seven innings (7.1).
Surpassing 10: Creighton has scored at least 10 runs in a game 10 times already this season. The 2011 team scored 10 runs in a game just once and the Bluejays have already scored 10 or more runs in a game more this season than in the previous three seasons combined.
Creighton’s 15 runs on April 7th at Wichita State matched the program’s highest-scoring 3-game MVC series all last season (at Bradley).
Creighton’s 39 runs in the series vs. Wichita State were its highest scoring series against any MVC opponent since the league went to 3-game series in 2001.
Creighton hadn’t scored 10 runs in consecutive games vs. an MVC foe since April 28, 2007, when it scored 10 runs in two straight games vs. Northern Iowa.
Creighton hadn’t scored 14 or more runs in consecutive games since 1978.
Going, Going, Gone: Creighton hit 10 home runs in a three-game series at Wichita State. The Bluejays hit four homers in both games on April 6th, then hit two more on April 7th.
The April 6th doubleheader marked the first time in program history that CU hit four homers or more in consecutive contests.
Creighton started the series with three homers in the top of the first inning, as Allie Mathewson, Bri Lingl and Sammy Snygg all went yard. It was the second time this season the Jays homered three times in the same frame, having also done so in the second inning vs. Howard on March 4 when Liz Dike, Mathewson and Amy Baker all homered.
High in the Valley: Creighton is 13-6 through 19 MVC games this spring, as the Bluejays are hitting .312 and have scored 124 runs in their first 19 Valley games. By comparison, Creighton scored 77 runs in 24 conference games last year.
• Creighton is slugging at a .511 rate and owns an on-base percentage of .403 in Valley play. Eight different women have homered at least once in league action.
• Two newcomers have helped the Jays lead the way in league play. Freshman Bri Lingl has reached base safely in all 19 games, while sophomore transfer Alexis Cantu has reached in CU’s past 18 Valley contests.
Lingl and Cantu have combined for 47 RBI in Creighton’s 19 MVC games, good for 2.5 RBI per game. The duo also own a combined 15 homers in Valley tilts.
Slammin’ Sammy: Junior Sammy Snygg had the best offensive week of her career at Wichita State on April 6-7, hitting .357 with two homers and five RBI in six games, while also scoring six times last week. She also pitched once, throwing six innings and allowing just two earned runs (2.33 ERA).
Snygg began her week just 8-for-85 (.094) in 100 career games with one homer and two RBI. In her big series, she nearly doubled these totals, going 5-for-11 at the plate. She homered twice in game one of Friday's doubleheader. Then in the third game, Snygg went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs and three RBI, in addition to her first career stolen base.
Snygg, who also owns a 3.77 GPA in Exercise Science, was named MVC/Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Week on April 11th.
Inside Job: Lincoln native Liz Dike is second among all MVC freshmen with six home runs this season, with four coming in Valley play.
Dike homered in each of the last two games of the Wichita State series. Her round-tripper on Saturday was an inside-the-park job, her second of the year. Dike also hit an inside-the-park homer on Feb. 19th at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Dike, who enrolled at Creighton in January and should still be a high school senior, has started all 44 games at shortstop this season for the Jays. She’s on pace to be the first Bluejay infielder since 2009 to start every game at the same position.
In A Pinch: Sophomore Brittnie Kreiser has developed into one of the most dangerous pinch-hitters in the country of late. She’s been called on to pinch-hit 20 times this year, and has reached base safely eight times. Kreiser owns 11 RBI as a pinch-hitter this year.
Kreiser owns an RBI in six of her last 12 pinch-hit appearances, going 4-for-10 with a sacrifice fly and nine RBI off the bench.
Kreiser and Blair Lowe share the MVC lead with five pinch-hits this season.
By comparison, Creighton owned 11 pinch-hit RBI as a team last year, including two from Kreiser.
Below is a list of Creighton’s players in pinch-hitting situations this season:
Blair Lowe .385, 5-13, 2B, 3 RBI
Brittnie Kreiser .313, 5-16, 1 HR, 11 RBI
McKenna Setlik .250, 3-12, 3 runs, 4 RBI, 2B
Becca Changstrom ---, 0-0, HBP, RBI
MaKenzie Michael .000, 0-10
Taylor Flodman .000, 0-4
Bri Lingl .000, 0-3
Emily Perry ---, 0-0, HBP
Happy Homecoming: Creighton played its first 25 games on the road this year before opening its home schedule with a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State on March 28th.
The Jays won 4-1 and 15-1, with the 15-run outburst serving as the highest scoring home game for the Bluejays since opening the 2000 season by scoring a school-record 20 runs against College of Saint Mary (Neb.). It was the third straight season CU swept its home-opening doubleheader.
Can’t Keep Her Off Base: Sophomore Alexis Cantu has reached base safely in each of Creighton’s last 24 games. Since 1999, the Jays have had just one streak that has been longer, as current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler reached in 26 straight in 2008.
Changstrom Heats Up: Sophomore pitcher Becca Changstrom has regained the form she displayed as a freshman, when she was a second-team all-MVC selection. In her last 12 appearances, Changstrom has allowed just 11 earned runs in 79.1 innings of work, good for a 0.97 ERA. She’s 9-3 in those appearances, striking out 82 and allowing just 55 hits.
Baker’s Dozens: Junior Amy Baker owns 42 RBI so far this season, making her just the third player in Creighton history with multiple seasons of 40 or more RBI.
The only others in that elite category are two of her assistant coaches, Abby Johnson and Renae Sinkler.
Baker ranks tied for third in CU history with 121 RBI, matching Stacey Rybar and Bailey Dawson on that list. That figure is among the top-20 marks in MVC career history, as well.
Baker’s Climb: Junior Amy Baker leads the MVC with 42 RBI in 44 games this spring (after leading the team with 33 RBI in 53 games last year).
With six home runs this year, she now has 39 homers in her career, trailing only current volunteer assistant coach Renae Sinkler’s school record 50 home runs.
Baker is tied for 16th in MVC history with 121 career RBI, and is within reach to set the MVC career record of 157 RBI, currently held by Illinois State’s Heather Stella (1996-99).
Offensive Explosion: Creighton is 13-6-1 in its last 20 games thanks to a balanced offensive effort. Nine different women have homered in those 20 games, with seven of them owning multiple homers.
As a team, Creighton owns 26 homers and 118 runs in the last 20 games, hitting .290, slugging .465 and an on-base percentage of .397. Creighton has also stolen 21-of-22 bases successfully in those games.
Sophomore Amy Baker has hit .408 with three homers and 14 RBI in that time, while Alexis Cantu is hitting .412 with eight homers and 20 RBI, in addition to 17 walks. Cantu’s slugging at a .922 clip and has an on-base percentage of .583 in those 20 games.
Cantu Crushes Record: Sophomore Alexis Cantu hit a tape-measure shot home run against South Dakota (March 28) for her sixth home run of the year. In crushing the towering deep fly, she set a Creighton record for home runs hit by a left-handed batter in a single-season, topping the five hit by Jessica German in 2007. Cantu leads the MVC with 13 homers this season.
Cheaper By The Dozen: Creighton has twice scored 10 or more runs in an inning this season, including a high of 12 runs in the third inning on March 31st vs. Indiana State. The 12-run inning is tied for 19th in NCAA history for runs scored in an inning. Creighton’s 17-run inning vs. College of Saint Mary’s (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000, is the school record, and was also done in the third inning.
Offensive Bounce Back: The Bluejays are hitting .294 as a team, a mark that would rank fifth in school history if the season ended today, and is the highest mark by a Creighton team since the 1995 team hit .298.
CU scored 184 runs in 53 games in 2011, an average of 3.5 per game. This year the Bluejays have already scored 258 runs in 44 games, an average of 5.9 runs per game (third-highest average in school history).
CU’s slugging percentage of .459 is up 91 points from last year’s .368. Creighton’s on-base percentage of .389 currently ranks as third-best in school history, just behind the 1990’s team-record .398 on-base percentage.
Walk this Way: Sophomore Alexis Cantu leads the MVC with 13 home runs, and also is second in the MVC and ranks eighth in the NCAA with 39 walks this season. Cantu has walked (39) more this year than she has struck out (31) and is one free pass shy of tying Michelle Graner’s single-season walks record of 40, set in 2010.
• Junior Amy Baker ranks second on the team with 31 walks, compared to only 18 strikeouts. Baker, a junior, has already walked 74 times in her career, fifth-most in CU history.
Doubling Up: Last year Creighton managed to hit only 25 doubles in 53 games, its lowest total since 1992. This season the Bluejays have already smacked 49 doubles in 44 games. Junior Amy Baker leads the team with seven two-baggers after she hit just one double as a sophomore – in the 52nd of 53 games.
Tripling Up: Not only are doubles up for Creighton this year, but triples are also up. The Bluejays have eight triples this year, more than in any of its previous three full seasons. Senior outfielder Christa Ruf and freshman shortstop Liz Dike each have two triples to lead the Bluejays this year.
Hot Start: Creighton jumped out to a 7-0 start this season for its best start to a season since 1987. The 1987 team opened the year with 10 straight wins to set a school record, while the seven straight wins to open the year marked the best start to a season under head coach Brent Vigness. The Bluejays opened the year with an 18-0 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, setting a CU record for the largest victory margin in a game.
Record-Tying Game: In one of Creighton’s high-scoring games this season, the Bluejays tied a school record. The Jays topped Howard 19-4 on March 4 in Tempe, Ariz., tying the school record with 22 hits in the lopsided win. The 19 runs rank second in school history, just one shy of the 20 runs scored against the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) on Feb. 9, 2000.
No Tying in Softball?: Creighton played to just the third tie in program history when its April 3rd game at South Dakota State was halted after nine innings due to darkness with the score knotted at 1-1. Creighton’s previous ties came in 2004 at Kansas (darkness) and in 2007 vs. Illinois State (rain after five innings). Creighton would go on to win the MVC Tournament in both 2004 and 2007.
Call From The Hall: Creighton great Jody Schwartz Longballa was inducted into Creighton’s Athletic Hall of Fame on April 9th.
Playing under her maiden name Jody Schwartz, she was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 1988, when she hit .340 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI to go with a .989 fielding percentage. She was also 10-5 in the circle with a 1.14 ERA and 12 complete games in 17 starts.
She twice led the team in home runs and slugging percentage, and led the team in total bases three times. She finished her years at Creighton as the Bluejays’ career leader with 36 doubles, 113 RBI and 78 walks in a school-record 222 games played, all of which still rank in the Bluejay top-10.
Creighton went 151-71 in her four seasons, including a fifth-place finish in the 1986 Women’s College World Series, and the 1988 squad began a run of three straight trips to the NCAA Regionals.
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